I’ve made quite a few things in the last year since I really started sewing, but very little of it has been just for me. This quilt, however, is mine all mine. It’s basically 100% out of Jessica Levitt’s book Modern Mix. It’s called the Boyfriend Quilt, but sorry Ryan – it’s for me!
My dad built these nifty copper stands for a photo show that he did, and now I’ve usurped them in the name of taking better photos of my quilts.
My bedroom colors are grass green, cream, and brown, so I even went with the colors Levitt used in the book. I started with five colors of Moda white and cream for the brick-like patchwork strips, and I love, love, love how they turned out. I want to do an entire quilt in those muted tones – I think it would be gorgeous.
The brown and green fabrics are a mish mash of all sorts of things, including Lizzy House, Michael Miller, and a bunch of fabrics from JoAnn. Finding green fabric that I liked was difficult. There is not a ton of green out there, and most of it was shades I didn’t want to use – hunter, forest, celadon, kelly, mint, teal, etc. I wanted GRASS. The color of a fresh cut lawn in summer. It wasn’t easy, but I’m happy with the fabrics I was finally able to find. One day, when I’m designing my own fabric line (dream!), I’ll use more bright, vibrant greens.
I quilted it with straight lines, which I didn’t like that much at first. But now that the whole thing is done, I really love how it looks, especially on the back. I’ve decided to forgo my walking foot in place of my regular foot — somehow the regular one quilts better!
The back is primarily Town and Country Tiny Diamonds by Dear Stella, with scraps from the front and the Pimatex striped binding. I bound the whole thing on a recent trip to Portland, with my quilt bunched up in my lap as Ryan drove. I was so pleased to have a completed quilt when I got home!
I absolutely love it. The only thing I wish is that I’d made a queen-size instead of a twin!
PS: My mom would want me to point out her lovely teal Art Deco birdbath she just bought. It’s just stunning!